Landman Job Description

Landman Job Description

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Landman provides all Land support to assigned areas of responsibility with technical peers and other departments in support of company`s vision.

Landman Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Working knowledge of Oklahoma regulations a plus
Working knowledge of Oklahoma regulations and managing an active drilling program a plus
Researching, analyzing and advising the Company regarding issues relevant to land acquisition maintenance and disposal, including public land laws, government regulations, zoning or other regulatory constraints
Negotiates and acquires all surface and water rights associated with both upstream and midstream operations including surface leases, right-of-way agreements, surface use agreements, disposal agreements
Confirms land ownership and availability for lease/purchase
Verify the ownership of the property where the company seeks to explore for oil and gas by compiling a current ownership report that accurately reflects the title of both the surface and mineral interests of each drilling unit to provide the property interest that is to become the producing asset after successful drilling exploration
Acquire oil and gas leases by contacting mineral and leasehold owners to negotiate the purchase of oil and gas leases, or assignments of oil and gas leases to allow the company the legal right to explore and drill for oil and gas
Assemble the necessary government permits as required by law to execute a plan of oil and gas exploration by coordinating application before the government agency charged with regulating oil and gas exploration practices in the appropriate jurisdiction
Investigate and report the company’s ownership position, competitor activity, potential legal issues, or other matters through various channels to top management to aid decision making and strategic planning
Maintain outside operated wells where the company has interest by researching the company's interest should there be a discrepancy, also includes advising the team of new proposals made by outside parties

Landman Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Landman

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPL, RPL, RL, AAPL

Education for Landman

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the landman job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and University Degree in Energy Management, Business, Law, Management, Performance, MBA, Graduate, Business/Administration, Education, Technical

Skills for Landman

Desired skills for landman include:

Ability to draft written agreements
Apply for permits
Draft varied rights-granting documents in compliance with company guidelines and procedures
Acreage Exchange Agreements and other land related contracts
JOA’s
Lease purchase agreements
Multiple state and federal regulations in our areas of operation
BLM and NMOCD
Regulations
Rules and regulations of the Texas Railroad Commission

Desired experience for landman includes:

A minimum of 8 years Oil and Gas Landman experience working “IN HOUSE” for an Exploration & Production Operator
Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred (Business Administration, Petroleum Land Management, Energy Management)
Understanding of lease contracts and acreage positions
Superior negotiation skills working on various oil and gas land transactions
Must possess advanced analytical and research skills
Strategic thinker with ability to identify areas of improvement and to introduce innovative and sound solutions

Landman Examples

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Landman Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a landman. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for landman
  • Manage and communicates with field lease brokers for the acquisition of oil and gas leases, lease title take offs, and abstract work
  • Order, review and cure title for the purposes of the wells to be drilled including the formation of units (“DPU’s”)
  • Strategize and communicate with representatives from internal departments such as operations landmen, GIS, and Title Specialists to ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to meet the company drilling goals and deadlines
  • Work directly with working interest partners to facilitate approval of major joint development projects
  • Capability with setting and tracking budgets/costs and prepare Authority For Expenditures (AFE)
  • Represents the Company in handling complaints, arbitrating disputes or resolving grievances that may arise during negotiations with landowners and business activities with regulatory agencies
  • Negotiates and directs acquisition efforts
  • Negotiates various contracts as part of acquisition and development efforts
  • Manages land efforts in a horizontal drilling program
  • Facilities and directs state regulatory needs
Qualifications for landman
  • Ability to prepare and present clear, concise and persuasive oral/written opinions, reports and presentations
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required proficiency with land related data management software
  • Extremely organized and deadline focused individual with the capacity to plan, prioritize and complete multiple projects providing regular communication and updates to the team and Management
  • Proven ability to effectively interact with a multidisciplinary oil and gas team and capacity to establish professional credibility with internal and external contacts
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the flexibility of working extended hours as needed
  • CPL designation from the AAPL preferred
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Landman Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a landman. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for landman
  • Organize and conduct complete title reviews of county and public land records to determine ownership of interests in real property to be acquired or disposed
  • Assist Land teammates in conducting land-related activities, including the review of annual claim maintenance filings and mapping projects for all interests in real property in North America
  • Prepare and process various land-related agreements, including leases, permits, rights-of-way, easements, options, purchase and sale agreements, and joint ventures with third parties
  • Conduct field inspections to ensure required monuments delimiting Company’s interests in real property are properly erected and maintained, together with identifying trespass or illegal mining
  • Resolve ownership curative issues and process administrative duties ensuring ownership is accurate for distribution of revenues
  • Manage assigned responsibilities and duties to ensure accurate and timely completion of assignments, projects and other duties as assigned
  • Manage the entire land department for short periods of time in event the chief land executive is out of the office
  • Analyze, prepare, and process internal and external assignments of oil and gas leases, conveyance instruments, and related documents for internal and third party transfers
  • Monitor and prepare monthly lease rental calendar
  • Preparation and processing of division orders
Qualifications for landman
  • Knowledge and ability to apply land management principles including negotiations, contracts, leasing and multi-well drilling rig coordination with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge and ability to apply various oil, gas and mineral laws in various states and affiliated oil and gas leases, deeds, and title curative documents with minimal supervision
  • Strong relationship building and ability to proactively structure negotiations that achieve desired results
  • Strong knowledge of oil and gas vocabulary be able to read and understand legal descriptions for a tract of land
  • Ability to manage large amounts of information with accuracy and critical attention to detail
  • Advanced knowledge of acquisitions and divestiture principles and methodologies and corporate strategy
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Landman Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of landman. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for landman
  • Coordinate activity of contract personnel engaged to assist in performance of duties
  • Calculate working interest and net revenue interest in complex contractual scenarios, such as joint ventures, drilling wells across multiple contract areas, varying leases, non-participating royalty interests, excess burdens
  • Create collaborative environment
  • Understand and manage all aspects of horizontal wells
  • Requires little to no direction or technical assistance to perform job responsibilities on assigned projects and routing daily tasks
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with external stakeholders, internal counterparts in Engineering, Well Services, Operations, Legal, Midstream, Regulatory, HSE, to meet schedule demands
  • Prioritizes and directs land agents in acquisition efforts
  • Negotiating leases, JOA's, farmin/farmout agreements, surface use agreements, and other industry agreements
  • Understanding project regulatory issues – Louisiana experience a plus
  • Providing project updates to management regarding land acquisitions
Qualifications for landman
  • 5 years to 15 years of Petroleum Land work related experience with a large independent and/or major oil and gas company is required
  • Must have good negotiating skills and experience in dealing with industry partners
  • Must have strong interpersonal communication and organization skills and be able to simplify/condense complex issues
  • Must have drive and tenacity to negotiate and close complex deals
  • Minimum of 8+ years of successful oil and gas land management experience
  • A bachelor’s degree + 2 years of experience in surface land and/or regulatory work on federal and Indian lands or
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Landman Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of landman. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for landman
  • Drafting agreements/documents, and coordinating with the Legal Department, outside legal counsel and advisors, and other corporate departments
  • Negotiate agreements, or provide support in the negotiation of agreements with private and governmental entities to acquire or dispose of the applicable property interests, including leases, licenses, joint ventures, options, permits, exchanges, deeds, and similar property agreements
  • Complete title due diligence, appropriate to the scope of the transaction, to ensure that the Company acquires or retains and thereafter holds the required property interests
  • Report and maintain property records, maps, reports, to advise the Company of its real property holdings and associated terms, payment, royalty and other obligations and receivables
  • Plan, budget, supervise and implement strategies for acquisition or disposal of the applicable property interests
  • Ensure that property transactions comply with corporate policies, standards and procedures, including those pertaining to social license and community relations, and advise the Company on potential problems/opportunities in regard to such standards from proposed property transactions
  • Report property transactions to the Land Records Supervisor and identify/summarize all pertinent property obligations
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of reports regarding the Company’s property interests and their related obligations, and circulate the reports to ensure that all property obligations are met to maintain the property as required
  • Strong working knowledge of Division Orders
  • Setting up ownership interest decks for producing properties
Qualifications for landman
  • Functions well in team-based environment
  • Accounting courses
  • Ability to understand legal descriptions
  • 2-5 years of in-house, broad-based working experience in traditional operations landman/land negotiator roles or other relevant experience or PLM/JD in lieu of
  • Strong working knowledge of provisions of oil and gas leases and any and all contracts associated with oil and gas to insure proper set up in QLS for reporting purposes and payment obligations for maintenance of same
  • Ability to work with all kinds of land systems particularly QLS
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Landman Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a landman. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for landman
  • The ability to calculate interests on a tract and unit basis
  • Experience with Marketing Agreements to calculate or confirm the payment responsibilities on multiple products for a producing property
  • Strong understanding of how division order data feeds to and interfaces with Joint Interest Billing, Producing/Revenue Accounting, and Accounts Payable
  • Experience communicating with interest owners in response to inquiries regarding payment issues, interest calculations, and legal descriptions
  • Strong understanding of title, including the California Probate Code
  • Strong ability to analyze and interpret title curative documentation, including deeds, assignments and probate materials furnished by interest owners, in order to maintain record title in the ownership interest decks and proper pay codes for the owners
  • Experience with data conversions, including data clean up and designing, drafting, and coordinating data mapping for such system conversions or acquisitions
  • The ability to contribute on large projects, such as returned document, outstanding check, and escheat research
  • May manage teams of contract landmen in assisting with the above efforts
  • Handle complaints, arbitrate disputes or resolve grievances that may arise during negotiations and business activities with regulatory agencies or landowners
Qualifications for landman
  • Ability to coordinate the payment of lease rentals, shut-in royalties and minimum royalties to assure that they are paid in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with California statutes
  • Experience with research of producing leases for well status and should production ceases, ability to advise operations what is required to maintain the lease
  • Knowledge of title report preparation
  • Ability to assist in property divestiture and acquisition projects by analysis and interpretation of title and ownership data, determination of preferential rights and consents to assign provisions
  • Excellent working knowledge of California Statutes regarding transfers of interest and probate proceedings so that current ownership is reflected in the system
  • Working experience interacting with Accounts Payable

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